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MHA takes strong exception to use of Nepal telecom services

PTI 20 Oct 2015, 19:10:03 IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has taken strong exception to the use of telecom services of Nepal by locals and security forces along the international borders in Uttarakhand, saying it may compromise country's critical security.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said he has personally seen during his two-day visit to Indo-Nepal and Sino-Indian borders in Uttarakhand that around 20,000 people living in upper reaches of Dharchula comprising areas like Kalanapani, Kuti, Navidang and Budhi use Nepal telecom services.

“To my utter surprise, I have discovered that security forces deployed in the forward areas also use mobile telephone services of Nepal as no Indian telecom networks functions there. This is a serious issue which may compromise out security,” he told reporters here.

Rijiju will urgently approach Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to do the needful for expanding the Indian telecom services in this sensitive area.  “The use of Nepal telecom services is happening due to non-availability of Indian telecom network.

We must start work immediately for improving the telecom services in all border areas where our people and forces use foreign network services,” he said.

The Minister has also asked top Home Ministry officials to find out how Indian security forces are being allowed to use network of Nepal telecom violating rules and guidelines.

Rijiju had visited forward areas of Indo-Nepal and Sino-Indian borders on Sunday and Monday to review security situation there.

Local residents and even security personnel in those forward areas are using Nepalese SIM cards in border areas as no state-owned or private telecom company from India is providing services there.